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Make the most of a tiny outdoor space without making it feel cramped with these inspiring home garden design tips

If you're not lucky enough to own a large garden it can be difficult to know how to make the most of such a tiny space. We've rounded up 7 of our most savvy small garden space saving ideas to help your turn your little back yard into a place of botanical beauty! 

Hammock seats and swing chairs

hammock swing chair

Photo credit: Chair, Dunelm; blankets and cushion, Urbanara

Avoid confining your small outdoor space with a large table and chairs by opting for a hammock or swing chair. An elevated seat will create additional floor space which can be used to embellish your patio with large exotic plants for a truly tropical vibe. Layer your hammock or swing seat with plump crochet cushions and warm tribal print blankets to create a boho-inspired, idyllic garden. 

Hanging and wall mounted planters

haning and wall mounted planters

Photo credit: John Lewis

Small gardens don't have to be bare to be spacious. Create a verticle garden by decorating the outside of your home with an array of hanging or wall mounted planters. Use a mix of lush green plants and striking flowers in vibrant colours to turn your small space into botanical bliss. 

Choosing the right garden furniture

grey outdoor garden corner sofa

Photo credit: Marks and Spencer

If your outdoor area is limited choosing garden furniture that fits perfectly can be tricky. A comfy rattan corner sofa will tuck neatly into any crevice of your garden, saving valuable space for a matching table and glimmering bronze lanterns. Choose a charcoal grey sofa that you can dress up with pillows and throws in soft navy and green hues for a stylish, sumptuous look.   

Try hanging outdoor lights

multicoloured hanging lightbulbs outdoor lighting

Photo credit: Wyevale Garden Centres

Squeezing a floor lamp into an already tightly packed garden could make your space look cluttered. Be creative with your outdoor lighting by hanging fairy lights across your fence or balcony, or add sparkle to your plants by intwining them in their leaves. Alternatively, choose multicoloured dangling light bulbs to add character that will bring a narrow space to life.      

Built in bench

built in bench in garden

Photo credit: Carpetright

If you're working with a tiny garden, refrain from buying ill-fitting furniture by using alcoves to your advantage. You might not realise it, but you may be able to create a built-in bench out of the nooks and crannies hiding in your little backyard. This is the ultimate space-saving garden design idea for its practicality - it's sleek and tidily packed away so have free reins to include large decorative features and modern table designs in your garden. 

Make your garden space seem bigger

blue and grey garden scheme making a small garden space look bigger

Photo credit: Marks and Spencer

Create the illusion of a larger garden by cleverly using contrasting colours to paint fencing, decking and furniture. Use shades of cool, washed-out blues against stone greys to brighten small garden spaces and illuminate as much light as possible.

Purchase multipurpose items

rattan foot stool tray garden furniture

Photo credit: Extex

Purchasing items that serve multiple purposes can help you save invaluable space while being very practical! Not only does this rattan footstool allow you to sit back, relax and put up your feet on something comfy, but it also doubles up as handy tray holder when dining al fresco. 


From the original article on the Ideal Home Show site, by the Good Homes Magazine editors. 

To get more inspirational interior and exterior design ideas for your home visit the Ideal Home Show next spring, taking place between 17th March - 2nd April 2018.